Sunday, and there are two gigs I want to go to. Neither are in Camden for once, or particularly close together. One venue has an overpriced bar that doesn't stock anything I like to drink, the other stocks Newcastle Brown but has dramatically increased it's prices this year - going from reasonable pub prices to West End club prices. Enough is enough. The weather is summery (at last) and I have a motorcycle at my disposal - the rules have changed. I get to the gig much quicker (and cheaper) than by using public transport and the first venue isn't that close to a tube station anyway. A crucial part of the Northern Line is out of action for engineering work so getting to the gigs by train would have been a problem today. I manage to park right outside with no trouble at all - which I couldn't have done with a car, and going without a beer is starting to look like a small sacrifice to make - not to mention all the money I'm saving.
The first gig is an early one as it's an 'all day' mini-festival at Surya - not a bad little venue apart from the aforementioned bar issues and the fact that the bar is on the ground floor while the bands play in the basement. The event doesn't seem to be particularly well promoted as there is hardly anybody there to see Shush when they take to the stage around 5.00. I seem to know most of the ten or so people in the room.
Shush launch into their 'audience participation' number 'Fuck You!'
I'm off on the bike and it only takes about ten minutes to get to the next gig...